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New Books This Week (February 26th, 2018)

We totally encourage you to try and enjoy this crazy weather. But since you could be outside with your friends in the morning and then snowed in that afternoon, why not check out some of our latest arrivals in the teen section? Read about them below, and click on the link their titles to be taken to our catalog, where you can put them on hold or search for other things to pique your interest.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"If you happen to see this star, you can make a wish on it. It might be lucky! But more immediately, it means there’s a book James is really looking forward to reading it. That means you have a choice: make his day by talking to him about it, or crush his dreams by checking it out before he can. We won’t tell you what to do, though we will point out that this blog is powered by the tears of teen services librarians.

 

Fiction

Down and Across, by Arvin Ahmadi.Down and Across, by Arvin Ahmadi.
Viking, 2018.

“Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting.

“His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With college applications looming and his parents pushing him to settle on a ‘practical’ career, Scott sneaks off to Washington, DC, seeking guidance from a famous psychologist who claims to know the secret to success.

“He never expects an adventure to unfold. But that’s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he’s in for the ride of his life.

“Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try—all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.” From the publisher.

 

American Panda, by Gloria Chao.American Panda, by Gloria Chao.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“At seventeen, Mei Lu should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

“With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

“But when she reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

“From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how, unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.” From the publisher.

 

The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton.The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton.
Freeform Books, 2018.

“Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

“But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.

“But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia faces an impossible decision.

“With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles, or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.” From the publisher.

 

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.
Ember, 2016.

“‘There was no room in my toy-soldier heart for Lily, but she forced herself in anyway. And she brought Christmas with her.’

“Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

“With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.” From the publisher.

 

All We Can Do Is Wait, by Richard Lawson.All We Can Do Is Wait, by Richard Lawson.
Razorbill, 2018.

“In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of strangers meets in the waiting room of Boston General Hospital:

“Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart… right when they need each other most.

Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows  that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right.

“And then there’s Skyler, whose sister, Kate—the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler’s everything—was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she’s at her weakest.

“In his riveting, achingly beautiful debut, Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson guides readers through an emotional and life-changing night as these teens are forced to face the reality of their pasts… and the prospect of very different futures.” From the publisher.

 

The Defiant, by Lesley Livingston.
Razorbill, 2018.

“Fallon was warned.

“Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

“Fallon thought she’d won her freedom, but choosing to stay comes at a cost. She and her warrior sisters are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy. In the middle of the night, the Ludus Achillea falls under siege and only Fallon and a lucky few are able to flee.

“Together, they embark on a mission to take back the home Fallon has fought so hard for, and to free their fellow gladiatrices. But dark conspiracies and vicious power struggles confront Fallon at every turn, threatening not just her honor, and her love for Roman soldier Cai—but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

“On the journey that will define her future, the only people who might possibly help the girl known as Victrix and her sisters are a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

“The only trouble is, they might just kill her first.” From the publisher.

 

Tempests and Slaughter, by Tamora Pierce.Tempests and Slaughter, by Tamora Pierce.
Random House, 2018.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“Power is a lightning rod for peril. And a storm is brewing.

“Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness—and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the ‘leftover prince’ with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.

“As Arram’s education continues, he discovers a disturbing dark side of the Carthaki Empire—one that not even his powerful masters at the university can protect him from. And as Orzorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

“Bestselling and award-winning author Tamora Pierce crafts a richly realized world as only she can. Here, an intricately developed mage school sets the stage for friendship and fate to meet. And a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making enemies.” From the publisher.

 

The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, by NoNieqa Ramos.The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary, by NoNieqa Ramos.
Carolrhoda Lab, 2018.

“‘You’re reading this dictionary because I’m missing or dead or in a nuthouse, or CPS stole it, and maybe you don’t know I’m standing right behind you, motherfoe.’

“Macy’s school officially classifies her as ‘disturbed,’ but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. She has too many other things to worry about: her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. If she wants to make sure CPS doesn’t come for her next, she has to convince her mom to get a job, instead of entertaining a rotating cast of ‘guests.’ And if she’s going to patch things up with her friend Alma, she has to figure out why Alma’s been drifting away from her. All while avoiding her neighborhood’s stray dogs—and stray men.

“Macy maintains control of her world by documenting everything she observes in a dictionary that follows her rules.

“Until it doesn’t.

“Soon Macy’s dictionary starts betraying her secrets. And everything she thought she understood suddenly needs redefining.” From the publisher.

 

The Last to Go, by Amber Smith.The Last to Go, by Amber Smith.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018.

“How can you let go of something you never had?

“Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.

“But all her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, whether it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.

“In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first loves and first heartbreaks, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction as she struggles to embrace her identity, find her true place in the world, and learn how to let go.” From the publisher.

 

When Light Left Us, by Leah Thomas.When Light Left Us, by Leah Thomas.
Bloomsbury, 2018.

“When the Vasquez siblings’ father left, it seemed nothing could remedy the absence in their lives… until a shimmering figure named Luz appeared in the canyon behind their house.

“Luz filled the void. He shot hoops with seventeen-year-old Hank’s hands. He showed fourteen-year-old Ana cinematic beauty behind her eyelids. He spoke kindly to seven-year-old Milo. But then Luz left, too, and he took something from each of them. As a new school year begins, Hank, Ana, and Milo must carry on as if unaltered by an alien presence. But how can they ever feel close to other people again when Luz changed everything about how they see the world—and themselves?

“In an imaginative and heartfelt exploration of human—and nonhuman—nature, acclaimed author Leah Thomas champions the unyielding bonds between family and true friends.” From the publisher.

 

Naondel, by Maria Turtschaninoff.Naondel, by Maria Turtschaninoff.
Amulet Books, 2018.

“In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women and girls have one purpose—to obey.

“Imprisoned by a man who wields a deadly and secret magic, these captives from many lands must overcome their mistrust of one another to understand their power to escape. There is a priestess with knowledge of plans. A dreamweaver who can control sleep. A warrior who draws strength from an ancient spring. A seer. A sailor. A servant. A survivor. A sacrifice. When the women do finally come together and chart a course to freedom, it is at a great cost, both for those who leave and for those left behind.

“A prequel to Maresi, which Booklist called ‘utterly satisfying,’ Naondel vividly establishes the world of the trilogy while telling its own utterly compelling stand-alone tale of enslavement, resistance, and escape.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

From Here to There, by HP Newquist.From Here to There: The Story of How We Transport Ourselves and Everything Else, by HP Newquist.
Viking, 2017.

“Since humans first stood upright, we’ve been on the move. Need food? Water? A place to live? Survival depends upon motion. For thousands of years, people have devised ways to move faster, farther, and more comfortably.

“When human beings decide to get moving, change happens:

“People have been using the wheel for 5,000 years—but boats and skis have been transporting us for much longer.

“The Vikings’ longships were designed to sail far and wide; they reached North America 500 years before Columbus.

“The bicycle changed travel everywhere—and for women cyclists, it brought freedom, mobility, and new fashions.

“Horse-and-carriage gridlock (and too much horse poop) eventually led to the creation of subways.

“Inflatable zeppelins, some nearly as big as the Titanic, were the foundation of the first airline.

“Drones and driverless cars are the future… and the future is almost here.

“Award-winning author HP Newquist explores the transportation inventions and technologies that have transformed the way we experience the world around us. It’s a fascinating journey!” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson.Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018.

“The critically acclaimed, award-winning modern classic Speak is now a stunning graphic novel.

“‘Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.’ From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless—an outcast—because of something that happened over the summer. Now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen. So what’s the point of talking? Through her work on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face what really happened that night. But before she can make peace with the ghosts of the past, she has to confront the reality of the present—and stop someone who still wishes to do her harm. Only words can save her. She can’t stay silent. Not anymore.” From the publisher.

 

Batman, vol. 3, by Tom King.Batman, vol. 3: I Am Bane, by Tom King.
DC Comics, 2017.

“He is not a joke. He is not a riddle. He is not a bird or a cat or a penguin, not a scarecrow or a plant or a puppet. He is not a fairy tale or a circus act, a broken friend or a regretful mentor. He is no rich boy pretending to be a knight.

“He is Bane. The Batman invaded his home, scarred his mind and broke his back. Now Bane has returned to Gotham City for a single purpose: break Batman once and for all. But first, he’ll destroy everyone the Dark Knight has ever loved… or loathed.

“The young heroes who’ve worn the mantle of Robin. The cops, crime-fighters and vigilantes who make up Batman’s army of allies. Even the madmen and monsters that haunt the halls of Arkham Asylum. Batman will need all of their help—and more—to fend off this unstoppable challenger.

“Because both Bane and Batman know one thing: only one of them will walk away from their final confrontation unbroken…” From the publisher.

 

As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman.As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman.
Iron Circus Comics, 2017.

“Charlie Lamonte is thirteen years old, queer, black, and questioning what was once a firm belief in God. So naturally, she’s spending a week of her summer vacation stuck at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. As the journey wears on and the rhetoric wears thin, she can’t help but poke holes in the pious obliviousness of this storied sanctuary with little regard for people like herself… or her fellow camper, Sydney.” From the publisher.

 

Misfit City, vol. 1, by Kirsten Smith & Kurt Lustgarten.Misfit City, vol. 1, by Kirsten Smith & Kurt Lustgarten.
Boom! Box, 2017.

“Batten down the hatches!

“Smothered by her backwater hometown and frustrated by its 1980s cult-movie fame (The Gloomies… have you seen it? It’s a real classic, y’know.), Wilder is pretty sure she’s seen everything Cannon Cove has to offer. She’s desperate to get away from home as soon as she can, and move on to bigger, better, and less annoying things… even if that might mean leaving her best friends behind. But when Wilder discovers a centuries-old pirate map, she may find out that REAL adventure was in their tiny town all along and they need each other to get to the bottom of it!” From the publisher.

 

Slam!, vol. 1, by Pamela Ribon.SLAM!, vol. 1, by Pamela Ribon.
Boom! Box, 2017.

“When life starts coming at you like a freight train, you have two options: run away screaming or lean into the hit.

“From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted to different teams, the pull of competition—and their increasingly messy personal lives—threatens to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better lover, and a better friend. Derby can heal your heart… but it might break a bone or two in the process.” From the publisher.

 

Wonder Woman, vol. 3, by Greg Rucka.Wonder Woman, vol. 3: The Truth, by Greg Rucka.
DC Comics, 2017.

“They say the truth will set you free. That’s what Princess Diana—the hero known to the world as Wonder Woman—had hoped. But she discovered a far darker truth, learning that her entire life and history had been transformed… and it has driven her insane.

“Even as her life unravels, sinister forces threaten all she holds dear. No matter how great the trauma, she must continue to fight against the evil and lies that have destroyed her life.

“With the help of her closest allies—and her greatest enemy, the Cheetah—Diana will put the pieces of her broken mind back together and do battle against her fearsome new foes.

“Will she defy the will of the gods, save her Amazon sisters, and solve the mystery of her own existence once and for all? Or is the cost of the truth too steep for even Wonder Woman to bear?” From the publisher.

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